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Changes to the University Catalog are published on a periodic basis and reflect changes to policies and programs based on the decisions made by
the University since the publication of the previous Catalog versions. The list below is a compilation of all published changes for each version of
the 2013-2014 Catalog.
The previous version of the policy or program may be found in the archived PDF of the Kaplan University Catalog.
Revision Date:
Previous Catalog Version
November 6, 2013
Kaplan University Catalog September 25, 2013
(http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/documents/
catalog_9_25_2013.pdf)
Change Policy/Program
Previous Version Page Number
Policy Information / University Information / Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships
9
Policy Information / University Information / Library
13
Policy Information / Admissions / International Applicants
15
Policy Information / Student Information and Services / Problem Resolution and Grievance Procedures
24
Policy Information / Academic Information / Transcripts, Certifications, and Transfer of Kaplan University
Credits
29
Policy Information / Financial Information / Scholarships
37
Undergraduate / Business / Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Description and Outcomes
90
Undergraduate / Business / Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Degree Plan
91
Undergraduate / Business / Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration / Degree Plan
124
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness / Description and Outcomes
135
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness / Degree Plan
135
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration / Description and
Outcomes
137
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration / Degree Plan
137
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management / Description and
Outcomes
140
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management / Degree Plan
140
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health Science / Description and Outcomes
142
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Health Science / Degree Plan
142
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science / Description and Outcomes
144
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science / Degree Plan
145
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology / Degree
Plan
148
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Iowa, Maine,
Maryland, Nebraska) / Description and Outcomes
149
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Iowa, Maine,
Maryland, Nebraska) / Policies
149
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Iowa, Maine,
Maryland, Nebraska) / Locations
150
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Online) / Description
and Outcomes
151
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Online) / Policies
151
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Online) / Degree Plan
152
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Online) / Locations
152
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management / Degree Plan
154
Undergraduate / Health Sciences / Associate of Science in Health Science / Degree Plan
158
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Description and
Outcomes
168
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Degree Plan
169
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology / Degree
Plan
185
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Multiplatform Software Development Postbaccalaureate
Certificate / Description and Outcomes
192
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Multiplatform Software Development Postbaccalaureate
Certificate / Policies
192
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Multiplatform Software Development Postbaccalaureate
Certificate / Degree Plan
192
Undergraduate / Information Technology / Oracle Database Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate /
Degree Plan
195
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management / Description
and Outcomes
198
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management / Degree Plan
198
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies / Description and Outcomes
201
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies / Degree Plan
201
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies / Description and Outcomes
203
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies / Degree Plan
203
Undergraduate / Legal Studies / Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies / Degree Plan
207
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Description and Outcomes
230
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Degree Plan
230
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management / Description and
Outcomes
240
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management / Degree Plan
240
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Bachelor of Science in Fire Science / Description and Outcomes
243
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Bachelor of Science in Fire Science / Degree Plan
243
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice / Degree Plan
245
Undergraduate / Public Safety / Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science / Degree Plan
247
Undergraduate / Course Descriptions / Discontinued Courses: IT 193, IT 200, IT 239, IT 241, IT 245, IT 254,
IT 258, IT 259, IT 274, IT 284, IT 285, IT 293, IT 305, IT 310, IT 320, IT 355, IT 373, T 405, IT 407, IT 409,
IT 453, IT 461, IT 464, IT 466, IT 476, IT 478, IT 490
255
Undergraduate / Course Descriptions / Revised Courses: AB 104, CS 220, IT 214, IT 247, IT 250, IT 303, IT
406, IT 470, LS 100, MA 290, MT 357, MT 358, MT 481
255
Undergraduate / Course Descriptions / New Courses: CE 260, IT 213, IT 232, IT 391, IT 481, IT 488
N/A
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / General Policies
335
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / Master of Science in Psychology / Description and Outcomes
341
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / Master of Science in Psychology / Policies
341
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / Master of Science in Psychology / Degree Plan
343
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / Graduate Certificate in Addictions / Description and Outcomes
347
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / Graduate Certificate in Addictions / Policies
347
Graduate / Arts and Sciences / Graduate Certificate in Addictions / Degree Plan
347
Graduate / Business / Master of Business Administration / Description and Outcomes
352
Graduate / Business / Master of Business Administration / Degree Plan
352
Graduate / Business / Master of Science in Accounting / Degree Plan
357
Graduate / Business / Master of Science in Finance / Description and Outcomes
359
Graduate / Business / Master of Science in Management / Description and Outcome
361
Graduate / Business / Master of Science in Management / Degree Plan
361
Graduate / Graduate Education / Master of Arts in Teaching / Policies
369
Graduate / Graduate Education / Master of Science in Educational Psychology / Policies
379
Graduate / Graduate Education / Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching / Description and Outcomes
394
Graduate / Graduate Education / Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching / Degree Plan
394
Graduate / Information Technology / Master of Science in Information Technology / Degree Plan
407
Graduate / Nursing / Doctor of Nursing Practice / Policies
422
Graduate / Nursing / Master of Science in NursingDNP Path / Policies
433
Graduate / Public Safety / Master of Science in Criminal Justice / Degree Plan
449
Graduate / Public Safety / Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management / Degree Plan
455
Graduate / Course Descriptions / Discontinued Courses: CJ 590, CJ 591, CJ 592, CJ 593, FS 500, FS 515, FS
530
456
Graduate / Course Descriptions / Revised Courses: CJ 526, HA 535, HD 599, HM 502, HM 503, HM 510, HM
540, IT 501, PP 530, PP 600, PP 612, PP 698, PS 535
456
Graduate / Course Descriptions / New Courses: AC 599, PP 525, PS 535A, PS 536, PS 536A
N/A
Concord Law School / Juris Doctor / Curriculum
524
Concord Law School / Juris Doctor / Policies / Academic Information Policies
524
Concord Law School / Juris Doctor / Cancellation and Refund Policy
528
Concord Law School / Executive Juris Doctor / Policies / Academic Information Policies
530
Concord Law School / Executive Juris Doctor / Cancellation and Refund Policy
534
Concord Law School / Master of Laws / Curriculum
535
Concord Law School / Master of Laws / Policies / Academic Information/Policies
536
Concord Law School / Course Descriptions / Revised Courses: CL 7150, CL 7900, CL 7955, CL 7999
539
Concord Law School / Course Descriptions / New Course: CL 7925
N/A
Concord Law School / Administration and Faculty / Administrators and Full-Time Faculty
549
Nondegree-Seeking Students / General Education Mobile (GEM) Program / Courses
569
If you are enrolled at a Learning Center, unless otherwise noted, you must adhere to Kaplan University online policies and procedures as stated in
the University Catalog.
The University has the right, at its discretion, to make reasonable changes to policies and program content, materials, schedules, sequences
of courses in programs, or locations in the interest of improving the students education, or where deemed necessary due to industry changes,
academic scheduling, or professional requirements.
The University is required to make changes to programs or policies when ongoing federal, state, or accrediting changes affect students currently
in attendance.
Kaplan Higher Education LLC owns and operates Kaplan University, a nonpublic college. Kaplan Higher Education LLC certifies that the
information contained in the Catalog is current and correct, but is subject to change without notice, and does not constitute a binding agreement
on the part of Kaplan University or Kaplan Higher Education. If changes are made to the information in this Catalog, a revised version will be
provided.
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Table of Contents
Policy Information
University Information
Kaplan University Mission, Purpose, and Philosophy ................................9
Kaplan University History ........................................................................10
Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships ............................................10
Library .......................................................................................................16
Statement of Assessment ..........................................................................16
Admissions
Admissions Requirements .........................................................................17
International Applicants ............................................................................18
Entrance Examinations and Foundational Coursework ............................19
Conditional Admission ..............................................................................19
First-Term Responsibilities .......................................................................20
Technology Requirements ........................................................................20
Nondiscrimination Policy ..........................................................................21
Prior Learning Assessment
General Guidelines ....................................................................................23
Types of Credit .........................................................................................23
Student Information and Services
Academic Freedoms and Student Responsibilities ...................................25
Student Conduct ........................................................................................25
Disciplinary Actions, Suspensions, and Dismissals ..................................28
Problem Resolution and Grievance Procedures ........................................28
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) .............................29
Directory Information Public Notice ........................................................30
University Services ...................................................................................30
Campus-Specific Information ...................................................................31
Academic Information
Academic Calendar ...................................................................................32
Attendance .................................................................................................32
Definition of a Unit of Credit ...................................................................32
Adding Dropping Courses and Program Changes ....................................33
Leave of Absence and Withdrawal From the University ..........................33
Transcripts, Certifications, and Transfer of Kaplan University Credits ....34
Academic Standards
Academic Grades and Marks ....................................................................35
Honors and Awards ..................................................................................35
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards ...............................................35
Plagiarism Policy ......................................................................................37
Academic Appeals Policy .........................................................................38
Financial Information
Enrollment Status and Definition of an Academic Year ...........................40
Academic Eligibility for Financial Aid ....................................................40
Financial Aid Services ..............................................................................41
Refund Policy ............................................................................................41
Scholarships ...............................................................................................43
Undergraduate
Undergraduate Programs ................................................................................44
Policy Information ..........................................................................................45
State-Specific Curricular Requirements .........................................................47
General Education
Mission ......................................................................................................48
Outcomes and Requirements ....................................................................48
School of Arts and Sciences
Mission ......................................................................................................51
General Policies ........................................................................................51
Bachelor of Science in Communication ...................................................52
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development ............................55
Bachelor of Science in Human Services ...................................................61
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies ....................................................69
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies ............................................72
Bachelor of Science in Psychology ..........................................................75
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development ..............85
Associate of Applied Science in Human Services ....................................87
Associate of Applied Science in Public Administration ...........................89
Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate ........................91
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Postbaccalaureate Certificate ..........93
School of Business
Mission ......................................................................................................95
General Policies ........................................................................................95
Bachelor of Science in Accounting ..........................................................96
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ....................................107
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting .........................................145
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration .....................147
Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate ....................................154
National Security Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate ............155
School of Health Sciences
Mission ....................................................................................................156
General Policies ......................................................................................156
Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness ..........................................158
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration ...............................161
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management .......................164
Bachelor of Science in Health Science ...................................................166
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science ...............................................169
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology ..........173
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Iowa, Maine,
Maryland, Nebraska) ...............................................................................176
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting (Online) .................179
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management ...............181
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription .........................184
Associate of Science in Health Science ..................................................186
Dental Assistant Diploma .......................................................................188
Medical Assistant Certificate ..................................................................190
Medical Billing/Coding Certificate .........................................................192
Phlebotomist Certificate ..........................................................................194
School of Information Technology
Mission ....................................................................................................196
General Policies ......................................................................................196
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology ....................................197
Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology .....................211
Cisco Networks Postbaccalaureate Certificate ........................................214
Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate .................................215
Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate ................................217
Linux System Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate ..................219
Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate ..................221
Multiplatform Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate .....222
Oracle Database Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate ..............224
School of Legal Studies
Mission ....................................................................................................226
General Policies ......................................................................................226
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management ............228
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies .....................................................231
Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies ...............................................234
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Bachelor of Science in Political Science ................................................237
Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies .................................240
Legal Secretary Certificate .....................................................................242
Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate ...............................243
School of Nursing
Mission ....................................................................................................245
General Policies ......................................................................................245
Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing .........................................247
Bachelor of Science in NursingRN-to-BSN .......................................250
Associate of Science in Nursing (Florida) ..............................................255
Associate of Science in Nursing (Iowa and Nebraska) ...........................258
Practical Nursing Diploma ......................................................................261
School of Public Safety
Mission ....................................................................................................263
General Policies ......................................................................................263
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice .................................................265
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management .....................277
Bachelor of Science in Fire Science .......................................................280
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice ..................................283
Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science ........................................285
Corrections Certificate ............................................................................287
Crime Scene Technician Certificate .......................................................289
Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice ................291
Private Security Certificate .....................................................................293
Course Descriptions
Arts and Sciences ....................................................................................295
Business ...................................................................................................309
General Education ...................................................................................320
Health Sciences .......................................................................................334
Information Technology ..........................................................................347
Legal Studies ...........................................................................................355
Nursing ....................................................................................................363
Public Safety ...........................................................................................373
Graduate
Graduate Programs .......................................................................................384
Policy Information ........................................................................................385
School of Arts and Sciences
Mission ....................................................................................................386
General Policies ......................................................................................386
Master of Public Administration .............................................................387
Master of Science in Psychology ............................................................394
Graduate Certificate in Addictions .........................................................401
Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology ................403
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis ..........................404
School of Business
Mission ....................................................................................................406
General Policies ......................................................................................406
Master of Business Administration .........................................................407
Master of Science in Accounting ............................................................412
Master of Science in Finance .................................................................416
Master of Science in Management .........................................................419
Graduate Certificate in Accounting ........................................................424
Graduate Certificate in Human Resources ..............................................426
Graduate Certificate in Project Management ..........................................427
School of Graduate Education
Mission ....................................................................................................428
General Policies ......................................................................................428
Master of Arts in Teaching .....................................................................430
Master of Science in Education ..............................................................435
Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology .................440
Master of Science in Educational Psychology ........................................443
Master of Science in Higher Education ..................................................445
Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design for Organizations ..............460
Graduate Certificate in K12 Educational Leadership ...........................461
Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language Teaching ......................462
Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching ......................................463
Graduate Certificate in Online College Teaching ...................................464
Graduate Certificate in Teaching With Technology ...............................465
School of Health Sciences
Mission ....................................................................................................466
General Policies ......................................................................................466
Master of Health Care Administration ...................................................467
Master of Health Informatics ..................................................................469
Master of Health Information Management ...........................................470
Master of Public Health ..........................................................................471
Master of Science in Health Education ..................................................473
School of Information Technology
Mission ....................................................................................................475
General Policies ......................................................................................475
Master of Science in Information Technology .......................................476
Graduate Certificate in Information Security .........................................480
School of Legal Studies
Mission ....................................................................................................482
General Policies ......................................................................................482
Master of Science in Environmental Policy ...........................................483
Master of Science in Legal Studies ........................................................486
School of Nursing
Mission ....................................................................................................493
General Policies ......................................................................................493
Doctor of Nursing Practice .....................................................................495
Master of Science in Nursing .................................................................501
Master of Science in NursingDNP Path .............................................508
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate ..................................514
Executive Leader Graduate Certificate ...................................................517
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate .....................................................519
Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate ......................................................522
Nurse Informatics Graduate Certificate ..................................................524
School of Public Safety
Mission ....................................................................................................526
General Policies ......................................................................................526
Master of Science in Criminal Justice ....................................................527
Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency
Management ............................................................................................535
Course Descriptions
Arts and Sciences ....................................................................................538
Business ...................................................................................................544
Education .................................................................................................554
General Education ...................................................................................567
Health Sciences .......................................................................................568
Information Technology ..........................................................................575
Legal Studies ...........................................................................................577
Nursing ....................................................................................................581
Public Safety ...........................................................................................589
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School of Professional and Continuing
Education
Mission .........................................................................................................594
General Information .....................................................................................595
Concord Law School
Mission .........................................................................................................596
Overview ......................................................................................................597
Policy Information
Attendance and Related Policies .............................................................599
Student Services ......................................................................................599
Student Groups ........................................................................................601
Financial Aid Services ............................................................................601
Academic Records/Privacy Policy ..........................................................603
Student Conduct and Honor Code ..........................................................604
Statement of Nondiscrimination .............................................................608
Petition and Report and Complaint Procedures ......................................609
Technology Requirements and Acceptable Use .....................................610
Tuition and Fees .....................................................................................613
Juris Doctor
Program Objectives .................................................................................614
Admissions ..............................................................................................614
Curriculum ...............................................................................................615
Policies ....................................................................................................615
Cancellation and Refund Policy .............................................................620
Executive Juris Doctor
Program Objectives .................................................................................622
Admissions ..............................................................................................622
Curriculum ...............................................................................................623
Policies ....................................................................................................624
Cancellation and Refund Policy .............................................................628
Master of Laws
Program Objectives .................................................................................629
Admissions ..............................................................................................629
Curriculum ...............................................................................................629
Policies ....................................................................................................630
Cancellation and Refund Policy .............................................................632
Course Descriptions
Courses in Partnership with Other Law Schools ....................................634
EJD Courses in Partnership with Kaplan University ..............................634
JD and EJD (CL) ....................................................................................636
LLM (CL) ...............................................................................................642
Course Policies .............................................................................................645
Administration and Faculty
Administrators and Full-Time Faculty ....................................................646
Adjunct Faculty .......................................................................................650
Visiting and Supplementary Lecturers ....................................................655
Program Developers and Course Directors, Small Business Practice LLM
..................................................................................................................656
Nondegree-Seeking Students
Information for Nondegree-Seeking Students ..............................................659
General Policies ............................................................................................660
Academic Partnership Single-Course Offerings
Policies ....................................................................................................662
Courses ....................................................................................................662
Early College Program
Policies ....................................................................................................663
Courses ....................................................................................................663
Future ScholarsGeneral Population
Policies ....................................................................................................664
Courses ....................................................................................................664
Future ScholarsHigh School Dual Enrollment
Policies ....................................................................................................666
Courses ....................................................................................................666
General Education Mobile (GEM) Program
Policies ....................................................................................................667
Courses ....................................................................................................667
General Nondegree-Seeking Option
Policies ....................................................................................................669
Courses ....................................................................................................669
General NDS Option ...............................................................................669
General NDS Option Limited Enrollment ..............................................680
Kaplan College Preparatory School Dual Credit
Policies ....................................................................................................693
Courses ....................................................................................................693
Academic Leadership and Administration
Academic Leadership and Administration ...................................................695
Contact Information
Kaplan University ........................................................................................698
Kaplan Higher Education LLC Campuses ...................................................700
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Policy Information
University Information
In this section, you can find information on the University's
mission, purpose, and philosophy; history; and accreditation
and memberships. A description of the University's library and
assessment plan are also featured.
Faculty
Click on the links below to view faculty rosters.
 School of Arts and Sciences Faculty
Roster (http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_ArtsSciences.pdf)
 School of Business Faculty Roster
(http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Business.pdf)
 School of General Education Faculty
Roster (http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_GenEd.pdf)
 School of Graduate Education Faculty
Roster (http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Education.pdf)
 School of Health Sciences Faculty Roster
(http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Health_Sciences.pdf)
 School of Information Technology Faculty
Roster (http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Technology.pdf)
 School of Legal Studies Faculty Roster
(http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Legal_Studies.pdf)
 School of Nursing Faculty Roster
(http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Nursing.pdf)
 School of Public Safety Faculty Roster
(http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_Criminal_Justice.pdf)
 Kaplan University Learning Centers Faculty
Roster (http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/
Kaplan_University_Faculty_Roster_KULC.pdf )
 Hagerstown Campus Faculty Roster (http://
www.kaplanuniversity.edu/hagerstown-maryland/faculty-
roster.pdf)
Kaplan University Mission,
Purpose, and Philosophy
University Mission
Kaplan University is an institution of higher learning dedicated
to providing innovative undergraduate, graduate, and continuing
professional education. Our programs foster student learning with
opportunities to launch, enhance, or change careers in a diverse
global society. The University is committed to general education,
a student-centered service and support approach, and applied
scholarship in a practical environment.
University Purposes
To accomplish its mission, Kaplan University has established the
following purposes:
1.Provide academic programs that have been developed and
assessed by faculty, staff, and members of educational,
professional, and business communities.
2.Provide intensive and comprehensive instruction using both
onsite and online modes of delivery that strengthens student
academic achievement.
3.Instill in its students the value of lifelong learning by
stimulating intellectual curiosity, creative and critical thinking,
and awareness of culture and diversity.
4.Plan and provide facilities and resources that respond to the
needs of students, faculty, and staff.
5.Assist students in developing professional attitudes, values,
skills, and strategies that foster success in their careers and in
life.
6.Prepare students to meet the ever-changing needs of their
communities now and in the future.
University Philosophy
Kaplan University recognizes the worth and dignity of all people
and is sensitive to the diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
represented in its student population. All students are encouraged to
reach their potential within the framework of their individual needs,
interests, and capabilities.
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The University employs instructional methods based on adult
learning theory and is committed to the development of each student's
intellectual, analytical, and critical thinking abilities. Teaching
techniques encourage active student participation and may include
group discussions and projects, laboratory work, simulations,
demonstrations, field trips, guest speakers, and lectures. A strong
emphasis is placed on ethics, accountability, professionalism, and
the individual's commitment to pursuing lifelong personal and
professional development.
The University helps students reach their educational goals by
providing them with the communication skills necessary to work
successfully with clients and other professionals, offering courses
that prepare them to successfully participate in society, equipping
them with the business knowledge necessary to succeed in the "real
world," and encouraging them to become involved in professional
organizations that will promote their learning and professional skills.
Kaplan University History
American Institute of Commerce (AIC) was founded in 1937. AIC
was purchased by Quest Education Corp. in November 1998, and
in April 2000 changed its name to Quest College. Quest Education
Corp. was purchased in July 2000 by Kaplan, Inc. In November
2000, the name Quest College was changed to Kaplan College. In
2004, Kaplan College expanded its academic offerings to include
master's-level programs and became Kaplan University.
In 2007, the Hamilton College campuses located in Cedar Falls,
Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Lincoln, Mason City, and Omaha became
branch campuses of Kaplan University.
In 2009, the Hagerstown campus, formerly a Kaplan College campus,
became a branch campus of Kaplan University.
In 2010, both the Lewiston and South Portland campuses of Andover
College became branch campuses of Kaplan University.
In 2013, the Augusta campus was added as a branch campus of
Kaplan University.
Concord Law School was founded in 1998 as the nation's first wholly
online law school and one of Kaplan, Inc.'s first efforts in the area of
higher education. Concord formally merged with Kaplan University
in 2007.
Accreditation, Approvals, and
Memberships
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission
(HLC) and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools (NCA).
For more information, visit their website at hlcommission.org. Use
the links under "Contact Us" to reach the Commission.
Program and School Accreditation and
Approvals
Additional approvals and program and school accreditation are noted
under each area of study.
Concord Law School
 Concord Law School received initial affirmation of
accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance
Education and Training Council (DETC) in 2000 and its most
recent reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010. The Accrediting
Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of
Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for
distance learning. The DETC can be contacted at:
1601 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202.234.5100
Website: www.detc.org
 Concord Law School is authorized to operate as a degree-
granting institution in the state of California and is registered
as an unaccredited law school in the distance learning category
with the California Committee of Bar Examiners:
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: 415.538.2000
Website: www.calbar.ca.gov
 Concord's unique method of delivering its programutilizing
the Internet without a fixed classroom facilityplaces it in
the "distance learning" category under California law. The
California Committee of Bar Examiners registers distance
learning schools, and if study is completed in conformance
with Title IV, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of
California (Admission Rules) and all other requirements are
met, graduates of the Juris Doctor program are eligible to sit
for the California Bar Examination.
School of Arts and Sciences
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board
(R)
, Inc. (BACB
(R)
) has
approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework
requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant
Behavior Analyst
(R)
Examination:
 PS 340: Exceptional Needs Children
 PS 360: Applied Behavior Analysis I
 PS 365: Applied Behavior Analysis II
 PS 410: Screening and Assessment
 PS 430: Program Design and Evaluation
The BACB has also approved the following course sequence as
meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board
Certified Behavior Analyst
(R)
Examination:
 PS 512: Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis
 PS 517: Advanced Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
 PS 522: Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data
 PS 527: Implementing Behavioral Change
 PS 532: Clinical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
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To become certified, you will need to obtain the necessary number of
hours of field experience under an appropriate supervisor, as required
by the BACB, meet additional degree and practicum requirements,
and must also pass the comprehensive BACB exam. BACB can be
contacted at:
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
2888 Remington Green Lane, Suite C
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Tel: 850.765.0905
School of Business
Committee on National Security Systems
Kaplan University's School of Business has been validated by
the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) as meeting
their standards for the Information Systems Security (INFOSEC)
Professionals, NSTISSI-4011, and Senior Systems Managers,
CNSSI-4012, certificates. See the School of Business policy page for
further details. The CNSS can be contacted at:
Committee on National Security Systems
CNSS Secretariat
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6716
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6716
Tel: 888.678.4772 (Toll Free)
Tel: 410.854.6805
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Kaplan University's School of Business has received programmatic
accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools
and Programs (ACBSP) for the following programs:
 Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
 Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration
 Bachelor of Science in Accounting
 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 Master of Business Administration
 Master of Science in Accounting
 Master of Science in Management
ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes
excellence in the accreditation of business education programs
around the world.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park , KS 66213
Tel: 913.339.9356
Fax: 913.339.6226
Website: www.acbsp.org
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with a
specialization in financial planning is a CFP Board-Registered
Program in financial planning education. The Master of Science in
Finance with a specialization in financial planning meets the specific
criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education
component for obtaining CFP
(R)
certification.
Individuals who meet CFP Board's education requirement are eligible
to sit for the CFP
(R)
Certification Examination. Successful completion
of the education and examination components completes two of the
core prerequisites to obtain CFP
(R)
certification
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the
certification marks CFP
(R)
, Certified Financial Planner, and
federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it
awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Boards initial
and ongoing certification requirements.
The Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has
acknowledged that the following programs fully align with SHRMs
HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates:
 Master of Science in Management with a specialization in
human resources
 Master of Business Administration with a specialization in
human resources
 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a career
focus area in human resources
The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed
by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be
studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The
guidelinescreated in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013are
part of SHRMs academic initiative to define HR education standards
taught in university business schools and help universities develop
degree programs that follow these standards.
School of Graduate Education
The Iowa certification track of the Master of Arts in Teaching
program is approved by the Iowa State Board of Education for the
secondary teaching concentration area:
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Tel: 515.281.5296
School of Health Sciences
 The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
program and the Medical Assistant Certificate program offered
at campuses in the states of Iowa, Maryland, and Nebraska
are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied
Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the
recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review
Board (MAERB):
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Tel: 727.210.2350
Website: www.caahep.org
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
program offered online and at campuses in the state of Maine
is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs.
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 The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information
Technology program, offered online and at the Hagerstown
campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for
Health Informatics and Information Management Education
(CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be contacted at:
223 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: 312.233.1100
Website: www.cahiim.org
 The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription
program is approved by the Approval Committee for
Certificate Programs (ACCP), a joint committee established
by the American Health Information Management Association
(AHIMA) and the Association for Healthcare Documentation
Integrity (AHDI). AHDI can be contacted at:
4230 Kiernan Avenue, Suite 130
Modesto, CA 95356-9322
Tel: 209.527.9620
 The Phlebotomy Certificate program offered onsite in
Hagerstown is approved by the National Accrediting Agency
for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Tel: 773.714.8880
 The Dental Assistant Diploma program offered onsite
in Omaha is accredited by the Commission on Dental
Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting
body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The
Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at:
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: 312.440.4653
School of Information Technology
Kaplan University's School of Information Technology has been
validated by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)
as meeting their standards for the Information Systems Security
(INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI-4011, and Senior Systems
Managers, CNSSI-4012, certificates. See the School of Information
Technology policy page for further details. The CNSS can be
contacted at:
Committee on National Security Systems
CNSS Secretariat
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6716
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6716
Tel: 888.678.4772 (Toll Free)
Tel: 410.854.6805
School of Nursing
 The online Bachelor of Science in NursingRN-to-BSN
program and the online Master of Science in Nursing program
are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE):
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.887.6791
 The Bachelor of Science in NursingRN-to-BSN and the
Master of Science in Nursing programs offered online and the
Practical Nursing Diploma program offered onsite in Cedar
Rapids, Cedar Falls, and Des Moines are approved by the
Iowa Board of Nursing. The Associate of Science in Nursing
program offered onsite in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Des
Moines, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered
online have received interim approval:
Iowa Board of Nursing
400 SW 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Tel: 515.281.3255
 The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
offered onsite in Augusta is granted initial approval by the
Maine State Board of Nursing:
161 Capitol Street
158 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0158
Tel: 207.287.1133
 The Practical Nursing Diploma program offered onsite in
Lincoln and Omaha is approved by the Nebraska Board of
Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human
Services. The Associate of Science in Nursing program offered
onsite in Lincoln has received interim approval from the
Nebraska Board of Nursing. The Nebraska Department of
Health and Human Services can be contacted at:
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Regulation and Licensure
P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509-5007
 The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Pembroke
Pines, FL, has been placed on probation by the Florida Board
of Nursing:
Florida Board of Nursing
4062 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.
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School of Public Safety
Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as
an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education institution:
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Tel: 301.447.1000
Fax: 301.447.1346
Website: www.usfa.fema.gov
State Approvals
Additional state approvals are noted below.
Alabama
Kaplan University has been granted a Certificate of Approval by the
Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation
of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not
indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an
Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test
requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator
certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade
level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for
which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama
issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area
of administration must also document at least 3 years of full-time
employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s).
Website: www.alsde.edu
Alaska
Kaplan University is exempt from authorization in Alaska under AS
14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because it offers programs online and does
not have a physical presence in the state.
Arkansas
Kaplan University is certified to offer online degree programs by the
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Arkansas Higher
Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute
an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification
merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under
the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program
certification as defined in Arkansas Code 6-61-301.
Florida
Kaplan University is licensed by the Florida Commission for
Independent Education, license number 3296. Additional information
regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the
Commission:
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Tel: 888.224.6684 (Toll Free)
Illinois
 Kaplan University has operating authority granted by the
Illinois Board of Higher Education. Additional information
regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the
Board:
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
Tel: 217.782.2551
 Kaplan University is approved by the Illinois Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation.
Indiana
Kaplan University is regulated by the Indiana Board for Proprietary
Education:
The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel: 800.227.5695 (Toll Free)
Tel: 317.232.1320
Iowa
 Kaplan University is authorized by the Iowa College Student
Aid Commission:
603 East 12th Street, 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
Tel: 877.272.4456 (Toll Free)
Web: www.IowaCollegeAid.gov
Qualified students of the University are eligible to receive
Iowa state tuition grants.
 Kaplan University is approved by the Iowa Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation and the Iowa Private Industry Area
Council.
Kentucky
Kaplan University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on
Postsecondary Education. Additional information regarding the
University may be obtained by contacting the Council:
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
Tel: 502.573.1555
Fax: 502.573.1535
Website: www.cpe.ky.gov
Note: The Master of Science in Higher Education degree is not
recognized for rank change for K-12 teachers in Kentucky.
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Louisiana
Kaplan University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents
of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board
of Regents every 2 years. Licensed institutions have met minimal
operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not
constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, or
signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or
organization.
Maine
The Augusta, Lewiston, and South Portland campuses are approved
by the state of Maine to offer the following degrees, which are
authorized by the state of Maine legislature:
 Associate's degrees in accounting, business administration,
criminal justice, early childhood development, information
technology, medical assisting, and paralegal studies
 Bachelor's degrees in business administration, criminal justice,
early childhood development, information technology, and
nursing
Maryland
The Hagerstown campus is approved by the Maryland Higher
Education Commission as a coeducational, nonpublic institution
of higher education offering bachelor's and associate's degrees
and certificate programs. Kaplan University is registered with the
Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students
in its fully online programs.
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 410.260.4500
Minnesota
Kaplan University is registered as a private institution with the
Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61
to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the University.
Registration does not mean that credits earned at the University can
be transferred to all other institutions.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
Missouri
Kaplan University is certified to operate by the Missouri
Coordinating Board of Higher Education:
3515 Amazonas Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Tel: 573.751.2361
Website: www.dhe.mo.gov
Nebraska
Kaplan University is authorized by Nebraska's Coordinating
Commission for Postsecondary Education. Additional information
regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the
Commission:
140 North 8th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
Tel: 402.471.2847
Nevada
Kaplan University is licensed to operate by the Nevada Commission
on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to offer degree programs
containing an experiential or clinical component. The state does
not require licensing of online programs that do not contain an
experiential/clinical component. CPE renews licenses every 2 years.
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Tel: 702.486.7330
Fax: 702.486.7340
New Mexico
Kaplan University is registered with the New Mexico Higher
Education Department:
2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100
Tel: 505.476.8400
Fax: 505.476.8453
Website: www.hed.state.nm.us
Tennessee
Kaplan University is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education
Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is
based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality
of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal
responsibility. Any grievances not resolved at the institutional level
may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission:
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243-0830
Tel: 615.741.5293
Specific School of Graduate Education master's degrees and graduate
certificates are not recognized for initial licensure in Tennessee and
cannot be used to add endorsement areas to a Tennessee license. Prior
to enrolling, you are strongly encouraged to confirm salary rating
and license renewal policies with their school district and/or state
department, when applicable.
Benefits for Tennessee K-12 teachers enrolled in the Master
of Science in Education, the Master of Science in Education's
educational leadership emphasis area, the Graduate Certificate
in Literacy and Language Teaching, the Graduate Certificate in
Mathematics Teaching, the Graduate Certificate in Teaching With
Technology, or the Graduate Certificate in K-12 Educational
Leadership include:
 Salary increase and/or licensure renewal*
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 Career advancement, i.e., those completing the educational
leadership emphasis area may gain the necessary leadership
knowledge and skills to be eligible for a department chair or
other nonlicensure administrative role
Benefits for career changers enrolled in the Master of Arts in
Teaching's noncertification track include:
 Increased confidence in the classroom while working with
adolescents in current role
 Greater preparation for state pedagogy exams and state-
approved certification programs
 Salary increase*
Benefits of the Master of Science in Education in Instructional
Technology include:
 Entry into a career as an instructional designer or instructional
technologist
 Ability to fine-tune skills related to design, development, and
evaluation of instructional programs, materials, and media
*Please check with your school district and/or the Tennessee Department of
Education prior to enrollment.
Texas
Kaplan University is authorized by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78711
Tel: 512.427.6200
Washington
Kaplan University is authorized by the Washington Student
Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and
minimum educational standards established for degree-granting
institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This
authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Kaplan
University to offer field placement components for specific degree
programs. The WSAC may be contacted for a list of currently
authorized programs. Authorization by the WSAC does not carry
with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its
programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements
of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution
may contact the WSAC:
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
West Virginia
Kaplan University is registered with the West Virginia Community
and Technical College System.
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
West Virginia Community and Technical College System
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Wisconsin
Kaplan University is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational
Approval Board. Any questions or concerns about Kaplan University
that have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the
University should be directed to the Wisconsin Educational Approval
Board:
210 West Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Madison, WI 53703
Tel: 608.266.1996
Website: www.eab.state.wi.us
Memberships
 The Associate of Applied Science in Human Services program
and the Bachelor of Science in Human Services program are
members of the Council for Standards in Human Service
Education (CSHSE). The CSHSE can be contacted at:
Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)
1935 South Plum Grove Road
PMB 297
Palatine, IL 60067
 Kaplan University is a member of the Association of Private
Sector Colleges and Universities:
1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.336.6700
Additional Approvals
 Kaplan University is a licensed testing center for the Travel
Institute. Tests are offered at select University locations.
 Kaplan University is approved under the provisions of Title
38, United States Code, to train eligible persons and veterans.
 Kaplan University is authorized under federal law to enroll
nonimmigrant, alien students.
 Kaplan University programs are recognized by the following
agencies and federal laws:
 Dislocated Workers Center
 Iowa Workforce Development Center
 Job Training Partnership Act
 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
 Work Incentive Act
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Library
As a student enrolled in one of the University's educational
delivery systems, you are assured access to educational resources
and services. The Kaplan University Online Library maintains
and develops information resources and services that support
the education goals of students, faculty, and staff. Through the
Kaplan University Online Librarys website, you will have access
to thousands of e-books and periodicals, including professional,
scholarly, and trade journals, and other monographs.
Because library skills are an integral part of your academic
achievement, guidance on the use of our research tools and resources
is available to you through interactions with library staff, video
demonstrations, and other instructional aids. The development of
library skills is strengthened by research components built into
the University's curriculum. Professional librarians and trained
support personnel are available to assist you by email, live chat, and
telephone.
Each onsite Kaplan University location also has a library with a local
collection of materials, a study area for students, and staff available
to assist you. Local resources may include additional collections of
books and periodicals as well as computer workstations and other
services.
Visit the Kaplan University Online Library (http://
library.kaplan.edu).
Statement of Assessment
Assessment of your achievement is fundamental to the successful
fulfillment of Kaplan University's mission. The University's
comprehensive, outcomes-focused assessment plan is designed to
ensure that you learn skills specific to your program of study, so that
you may be successful in your chosen career, and develop knowledge
in appropriate general education areas. In addition, the University is
committed to assessing incoming students to ensure they possess the
prerequisite foundational skills to be successful in their program of
study. Data from the assessment of students' success informs decision
making throughout the University.
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Admissions
In this section, you can find the University's general requirements
for admission as well as requirements for international applicants.
Information on entrance examinations and foundational coursework,
conditional admission, first-term responsibilities, technology
requirements, and the University's nondiscrimination policy is also
featured.
Admissions Requirements
These are the general requirements for applicants seeking admission.
Visit the individual school sections for program-specific admissions
requirements.
General Requirements
In order to present a complete application, you must:
1.Complete an Enrollment Agreement and any other documents
required for your chosen program and submit monies as
outlined on the Tuition and Fees Schedule. The Enrollment
Agreement must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if you
are under 18 years of age.
2.Complete an informational interview. For campus interviews,
we welcome your spouse or parents.
3.Speak, read, and write English fluently.
4.Complete financial arrangements prior to starting class,
including any necessary financial aid applications.
5.Fulfill any program-specific and/or international admissions
requirements.
6.Consider a tour of the campus and/or online learning
environment.
7.Attest to certain technological competencies.
8.Resolve any balance you have at a prior Kaplan University
location.
Deans or their designees reserve the right to approve all candidates
for admission.
Additional Requirements for Undergraduate
Programs
In addition to the general admissions requirements, you must meet
one of the following criteria:
1.Be a high school graduate or possess a General Education
Development (GED) certificate
2.Possess a home study certificate or transcript from a home
study program that is equivalent to high school level and
recognized by your home state; you must also be beyond the
age of compulsory attendance in that state
3.Be a high school senior eligible to apply and submit proof of
high school graduation
You must attest to high school graduation or an approved equivalent.
Acceptable attestation for the University may be the proof of
graduation attestation included on an Enrollment Agreement, the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or any other document
deemed acceptable by the University. Tennessee residents have an
additional requirement (see below).
The statements made in this attestation are verified through a random
sampling of students admitted to the University. If you are selected
for this verification, you will have 30 days to provide the University
with acceptable evidence of high school graduation or its equivalent.
If the University is required to obtain this proof of graduation on your
behalf, you will be charged a $10 fee. Title IV financial aid cannot be
used to pay this fee; you must pay the fee using your own funds.
All graduates of foreign high schools must provide actual proof of
graduation.
If, for any reason, your evidence or attestation of high school
graduation or its equivalent is found to be false, untrue, or otherwise
unacceptable, you will be subject to immediate dismissal from the
University, all credits earned will be invalidated, and the University
will take all other appropriate actions. All aid disbursed on your
behalf will be refunded to the appropriate source, and you will be
responsible for payment of these funds to the original source or to
Kaplan University, as appropriate.
Additional Requirements for Graduate
Programs
You must provide an unofficial copy of your transcript which shows
completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In
some cases, a graduate degree may also be acceptable. You must
submit an official copy to the Registrar's Office by the last day of the
first term.
If you already possess a graduate degree, you must obtain permission
from the Dean of the respective school prior to enrolling in a Kaplan
University degree program.
Exceptions to Standard Admissions
1.If you reside in Arkansas, Florida, or Illinois, you are not
eligible to enroll in the advanced start degree option. If you
reside in one of these states and have prior college credit we
can provide you with a courseby-course evaluation of your
prior learning upon receipt of your official transcript.
2.The state of Tennessee requires all undergraduate students
who reside in Tennessee to supply the University with proof
of graduation from a recognized high school program, receipt
of a GED certificate, or receipt of a Home Study certificate.
Acceptable proof consists of the following documents:
a.A copy of an official high school transcript;
b.An official GED certificate with scores or official
notification that a GED certificate has been issued; or
c.A valid Home Study certificate or transcript confirming
completion of a home study program.
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All graduates of foreign high schools must provide actual proof
of secondary completion. If you reside in the United States but
attended school in a foreign country, and are unable to produce
the required documents, evidence may include certification
from other official sources.
If you cannot provide the required documentation by the end
of the first term of enrollment, you will be dismissed from the
University.
3.The state of Maine requires all students born after 1956 and
enrolled in an onsite degree program to provide proof of
specific immunizations at the time of admission. If you are
seeking admission to a Kaplan University campus in Maine,
you must submit proof of immunization against measles,
mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus. Proof of immunization
must detail the administration of the following:
a.A DT booster within the last 10 years
b.An adult MMR vaccination for individuals who
previously received an MMR vaccination prior to their
first birthday
If you fail to submit documentation of the required
immunizations, you will be denied admission to the University.
4.High school students may take individual courses at the
University under special local and state programs. You will
be enrolled as a nondegree-seeking student until you have
graduated high school and are admitted to the University under
the standard admissions requirements.
Acceptance to the University
Upon completion of all admissions requirements, Kaplan University
administration will review the information and inform applicants in
writing whether they have been accepted for enrollment.
If you are not accepted, you will have no financial obligation to
the University beyond the application fee, which is nonrefundable.
Questions regarding the admissions decision should be addressed
to the Dean of the academic program to which you applied or the
Campus President/Executive Director.
Returning Students
In order to re-enter the University, you must meet all admissions
requirements for the program you wish to enter, complete all standard
admissions procedures, supply all required documents, and have a
clear student account. If you have a history of conduct or behavior
issues or a poor academic record, your re-entry to the University may
require additional approval by the Dean of the school you wish to
enter or the Dean's designee.
In addition, you must be in good academic standing. If you are
not, after 6 months you may appeal to the Dean of the school you
wish to enter. Your letter of appeal should explain the extenuating
circumstances that caused you to fall below the satisfactory academic
progress standards and what corrective actions you have taken to
ensure success upon returning to your studies. A denied appeal is
considered final and binding. You may not reappeal unless new
information is presented for consideration.
International Applicants
Kaplan University is authorized under federal law to enroll
nonimmigrant, alien students. If you are interested in enrolling in
an online nursing, health science, or education program, speak to
your Admissions Advisor for information related to international
availability. Not all programs are available for enrollment.
As an international applicant, you must meet the following
requirements in addition to the general admissions requirements:
1.Be at least 18 years old
2.If applying to an onsite program, submit bank statement(s),
with balance(s) converted into U.S. dollars, indicating that you
or your parent/guardian has sufficient funds to cover the costs
of tuition, fees, and/or living expenses for the entire program of
study, or a certified government sponsor letter indicating that
tuition, fees, and/or living expenses will be paid in advance of
each term. If you are enrolled in English language course(s) at
another institution, bank statement(s) or a certified government
sponsor letter proving sufficient funds for the entire Kaplan
University program can be submitted along with the Enrollment
Agreement.
3.Provide evidence of English language proficiency by
submitting one of the following:
a.Proof of completion of secondary education (or higher) in
a country where English is the primary language
b.A transcript indicating completion of at least 45 quarter
credit hours (or equivalent) and a CGPA of 2.0 or higher
(or equivalent) from a university located in an English-
speaking country
c.Proof of completion of secondary education at an
international high school where English is the primary
language of instruction
d.A transcript indicating completion of an English
composition course with a grade of "C" or better from a
U.S. institution of higher learning
e.The minimum required score on the University's English
Proficiency examination
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f.Official results of an approved English proficiency exam.
Minimum scores given below:
TOEFL
PAPER-
BASED
COMPUTER-
BASED
INTERNET-
BASED
Undergraduate
525
195
71
Graduate
550
213
80
IELTS
Undergraduate
6 (no band less than 5.5)
Graduate
6.5 (no band less than 5.5)
EIKEN
Undergraduate
Grade 2A
Graduate
Grade Pre-1
PTE
ACADEMIC
Undergraduate
48
Graduate
53
Test of English for International Communication
(TOEIC)
In lieu of the TOEFL, prospective students may submit
scores from the Test of English for International
Communication (TOEIC). A minimum score of 750
is required for admission to the University. Complete
information on the TOEIC is available at www.ets.org/
toeic.
Defense Language Proficiency Test, English
Comprehension Language (ECL)
International military students (IMS) must score an 80
percent out of 100 percent for officer-level courses (i.e.
AMEDD Captains Career Course; Principles of Mil. Prev.
Med.) and 70 to 75 percent for selected enlisted/technical/
apprentice-level courses (ie. 68W; 68E; 68S). You will
be given two opportunities to achieve the required score,
otherwise, you may be returned to your home country
unless the school grants a language waiver.
4.If applying to an onsite program, submit an enrollment fee of
$100.00 with the Enrollment Agreement, which will exempt
you from paying administrative, application, and registration
fees stated on the Tuition and Fees Schedule, if applicable. The
application fee is fully refundable if you decide not to complete
the enrollment process or are not accepted by the University.
5.If applying to an onsite program, submit a registration fee
of $100.00. Upon receipt of the Enrollment Agreement, the
University will issue the appropriate paperwork to apply for a
student visa if you are attending a residential campus.
6.If applying to an online program, submit a tuition deposit and/
or application fee as stated on the Enrollment Agreement.
Entrance Examinations and
Foundational Coursework
As a condition of your enrollment in an undergraduate program, you
may be required to take an entrance assessment.
If you do not achieve a minimum score, you may not be permitted
to continue with the enrollment process, or you may be required, as
an additional component of your conditional admittance, to complete
foundational coursework and earn a grade of satisfactory (S).
You may retake foundational coursework once. However, if on
the second attempt, you do not earn a grade of "S", you will not be
permitted to reapply for admission to the University until a 1-year
period has elapsed.
Onsite students are encouraged to register for one or two select first-
term courses to accompany the foundational coursework. Please
consult with your Education Advisor to determine available courses.
Conditional Admission
If you are a first-time undergraduate student at Kaplan University,
you are considered conditionally admitted to the University and are
not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid while in this status. All
of the University's policies nevertheless apply, however, and you
enjoy all the rights and resources of a fully accepted student during
the period of conditional admission.
Nondegree-seeking students, returning students, and students enrolled
in graduate programs will be considered fully accepted rather than
conditionally admitted.
If, at the end of the third week of classes, you have participated in
academic activity during the second or third week(s) of the term,
you will be fully accepted into your program and become eligible for
Title IV federal financial aid and to receive credit for all coursework
completed. See the Attendance policy for further details on academic
activities.
If you wish to depart the University without financial obligation,
other than any application fee, you may do so by communicating this
to your Education Advisor (online) or the Campus President or his
or her designee (onsite) by phone or in writing prior to the end of the
third week.
If you do not meet the criteria stated above, Kaplan University will
not accept you as a fully enrolled student and your enrollment will be
cancelled. You will not owe any financial obligation to the University
except for the application fee, which is nonrefundable. If you decide
to reapply for admission, you will not be eligible for the Kaplan
Commitment again and must have all necessary documentation on
file before reapplying. If you reapply for admission within 6 months
of having your enrollment cancelled, you must submit an appeal
to the Dean of your program (online) or the Academic Dean of the
campus (onsite).
Onsite students must return all textbooks; failure to do so will
result in a charge for those textbooks not returned. If you purchased
textbooks for an undergraduate program, you may return them
without charge at this point. If you purchased textbooks for a
graduate program, you will be subject to the return policy of the
seller and are encouraged to closely review this policy.
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First-Term Responsibilities
By the last day of the first term, you must supply the official
transcripts required for your enrollment. Failure to comply with this
deadline will result in withdrawal from your program and blocked
reentry until an official transcript is provided or you change your
program of study to one that does not require proof of graduation.
 If you are enrolled in an advanced start degree option, you
must furnish an official transcript indicating receipt of a
comparable associate's degree or bachelor's degree.
 If you are enrolled in a graduate or postbaccalaureate program,
you must supply an official transcript showing completion of
a bachelor's degree or higher credential, as required by your
program of study.
A Note on Acceptable Credentials
There are institutions and companies who will provide any sort of
educational credential for a fee with minimal or no student work
required. Certificates and diplomas of this nature are not valid
and you cannot be admitted based on such documentation. Kaplan
University will examine the provenance of every credential and will
approve only those that come from appropriately accredited sources.
Foreign Credentials
A foreign credential is defined as one issued by an institution that is
not located in the United States or its territories and is not accredited
by a U.S. accrediting agency.
Generally speaking, foreign transcripts and similar credentials
must be evaluated by a third-party agency (please speak to your
Admissions Advisor to discuss approved agencies). If you are
applying to a program that requires completion of a prior degree, a
transcript-level evaluation (and translation, if applicable) is generally
sufficient. If you wish to have individual courses evaluated for
transfer, you will need to commission a course-level evaluation (and
translation, as appropriate).
Applicants presenting a 3-year bachelor's degree will be reviewed on
a case-by-case basis by the relevant Dean.
Technology Requirements
As part of the admission process to Kaplan University, you are
required to attest to certain competencies in the use of technology.
You must have the following skills:
1.Ability to use email to correspond with faculty, staff, and
students
2.Ability to access, create, and save documents in Microsoft
Office formats; at a minimum, you must be familiar with
Microsoft Word
3.Ability to browse the Web, including downloading and
installing common plug-ins (listed below) and configuring
common browser options
4.Ability to configure and run applications, including an antivirus
application, to ensure that your system is secure and transmitted
files are virus free
To enroll in classes online, you must have access to a computer
with the below minimum requirements. Some courses and programs
may have additional software and hardware requirements. Review
the Additional Hardware and Software Requirements. (http://
www.kaplanuniversity.edu/Hardware_Software_Requirements.pdf)
Hardware
 A PC running a Microsoft Windows Operating System (XP,
Vista, or Windows 7; please note that release candidate
versions are not supported) or Mac OS X with the operating
system's minimum requirements for processor, memory, and
hard drive (See the Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/en-
us/default.aspx) or Apple (http://www.apple.com/) website for
minimum requirements)*
 At least 10.0 GB of free hard-drive space (additional space
may be needed for multimedia files)
 1024 x 768 monitor with a 16-bit or greater video card (24-bit
preferred)
 DVD-ROM drive or CD-ROM drive
 Sound card with speakers and microphone (for selected
courses)
Software*
 Microsoft Windows Operating System (XP, Vista, or
Windows 7; please note that release candidate versions are not
supported) or Mac OS X
 Microsoft Office 2007 or a more recent version of the
Microsoft Office software suite. You also have the option
of accessing Microsoft Office web applications through KU
Campus
 A current antivirus and antispyware application that is updated
regularly
 Internet Explorer 7.0 or a more recent version, or Firefox
3.013 or a more recent version
 Adobe Reader 8.0 or a more recent version (free download
(http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/))
 Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or a more recent version (free
download (http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/
downloads.html))
 Sun Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5) or a more recent version for PC
(free download (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/indexes/
downloads/index.html))
 Classic Java (MRJ 2.2.5) or a more recent version for Mac
(free download (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/indexes/
downloads/index.html))
*Please note: newly released versions of software may not be immediately
supported.
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Specific courses require the use of Microsoft Word to submit assignments.
Some classes require the use of additional software such as Microsoft Office
2010. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the licensed software
required and should not enroll in courses for which you do not have the
necessary licensed software.
Nondiscrimination Policy
Kaplan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, ancestry, national origin, age, nondisqualifying disability,
gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status in the
recruitment of students or in the implementation of its policies,